The Church of Scientology Is Launching its Own Television Network

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The Church of Scientology Is Launching its Own Television Network

The Scientology Network is set to debut tomorrow evening on DirecTV, as well as on connected-TV platforms such as Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast, according to promotional material from the church.

The church made the announcement on its official Twitter account Sunday, saying that the Scientology Network will launch on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

DirecTV representative Steven Schwadron confirmed the DirecTV launch with USA Today.

According to a promo video, the new network will occupy the satellite service's channel 320, which now airs infomercials.

Rumors of a Scientology network gained ground in early 2017, after rumblings began about a lunch on the website of longtime Scientology chronicler Tony Ortega.

Programming for the channel is produced by Scientology Media Productions, which launched in May of 2016. The church annually drops millions on a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl, something it ran for the sixth consecutive year in February. "King of Queens" star Leah Remini recently has had two seasons of an A&E expose series about her experience in the church as a former member called "Scientology and the Aftermath". (The Church of Scientology has denied Remini's claims).

After months of speculation, the Church of Scientology has taken the wraps off its soon-to-launch, 24-hour TV network. Over many decades, a range of high-profile actors, musicians and others in Hollywood have at times openly plugged their adherence to Scientology, which is used in turn as a recruitment tool.

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